Courtesy : Entertainment Weekly
The Griswolds are all set to come back. Yes. After all this time and a sensation from National Lampoon's loved Vacation franchise is now being worked upon for a TV spin-off for HBO Max.
Currently titled, The Griswolds, the show will be about what happens when the disaster-prone family returns home from vacation. The Griswolds, which currently has a script development deal, will follow the family and explore their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.
Tim Hobert (Spin City, Scrubs, Community, The Middle) will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Galecki and his Alcide Bava topper Holly Brown. None other than Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory fame will be producing the show where he remains under a rich overall deal after wrapping his 12-season run on Chuck Lorre's mega-hit Big Bang Theory. Alcide Bava's Cory Wood will produce.
The comedy is based on National Lampoon's Vacation films, which were all produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. It's unclear if any members of the Vacation franchise like Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Ed Helms will have a role in The Griswolds or if the potential series will go the opposite direction and feature an entirely new cast.
The Vacation franchise was initially based on John Hughes' short story and has thus far been comprised of five main films including two that were not backed by National Lampoon and one spinoff. They are 1983's Vacation, 1985's European Vacation, 1989's Christmas Vacation, 1997's Vegas Vacation and 2015's revival, Vacation. A made-for-TV movie, Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, aired on NBC in 2003. Members of the iconic cast stepped back into character for an Old Navy ad campaign in 2012.